Reunion Dinner Speaker: Major General John C. Thomson III
Major General J.T. Thomson assumed command of the 1st Cavalry Division, America’s First Team, in January 2016 and deployed with the Division Headquarters to Afghanistan in September 2016 as part of the NATO Resolute Support Mission and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The First Team currently fills multiple roles in Afghanistan including Commander, Bagram Airfield (COMBAF); Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A); U.S. National Support Element-Afghanistan (USNSE-A); Joint Task Force -1; Train, Advise, and Assist Command-East (TAAC-E); and Task Force Southeast.
MG Thomson’s initial assignment was with the 6th Battalion, 41st Field Artillery in Germany in the 3rd Infantry Division from 1987 to 1990 including duty as Cannon Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer and Support Platoon Leader. From 1991 to 1992, he served in staff assignments with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Nuremburg, Germany, then later with the 1st Armored Division Artillery in Baumholder, Germany. MG Thomson commanded Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery in the 1st Armored Division from 1992 to 1994, then served as a Tactical Officer in the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point, New York until 1997.
From 1998 to 2003, MG Thomson served in staff positions in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas including Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade S-3, Brigade Executive Officer and Division Deputy Chief of Staff.
MG Thomson commanded the 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 2003 to 2005. Following battalion command, he served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, extensively interacting with the U.S. Department of State on national security affairs. From May 2007 to February 2008, he served as Executive Officer to the Commanding General of Multi-National Corps in Baghdad, Iraq. He later headed the Commander’s Initiatives Group for Multi-National Forces-Iraq from October 2008 to January 2009, and then served as Executive Officer to the MNF-I Commanding General from April 2009 to July 2009.
MG Thomson commanded the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas from 2009 to 2011. Following brigade command, he became the Director of the Chief’s Coordination Group (CCG) for the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army until March 2013. From April 2013 to July 2014, he served as Deputy Commanding General for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. Prior to assuming command of the 1st Cavalry Division, he served as the Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy from August 2014 to December 2015.
MG Thomson hails from Tyler, Texas and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery on May 28, 1986 with a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York and later a Master of Science from Long Island University in 1995. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Memorial Service Commander's Remarks: Lieutenant General Paul 'Butch' Funk (Ret)
Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul E. Funk is presently employed by the National Mounted Warfare Foundation as the President and Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Board of Directors.
General Funk was born in Roundup, Montana. He holds a Doctorate of Education and Masters in Psychological Counseling from Montana State University. He earned Distinguished Military Graduate honors from Montana State University, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. His basic military education includes Armor Officer Basic and Armor Officer Advanced Course, Helicopter Flight School, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College.
General Funk has held a variety of command positions, from platoon through division, leading to his assignment as the Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. He served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, Kentucky, from June 1992 to October 1993. He commanded the 3rd Armored Division, United States Army, Europe, from December 1990 to April 1991, when the Division distinguished itself as part of the VII Corps, during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. He was the Commanding General of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, California; Assistant Division Commander, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized), Fort Lewis, Washington; Commander of the 194th Separate Armored Brigade; and 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Prior assignments at Fort Hood include Deputy G3 for Training; III Corps; Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division; and several Platoon Leader assignments with the 2nd Battalion, 13th Armor, and 1st Armored Division.
Other key assignments include Vice Director, J3, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky. General Funk served a combat tour in Vietnam as Executive Officer and then Commander of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He commanded 4 companies/troops and led 3 platoons. General Funk has also served in the Republic of Korea.
His awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal with “V” device and (twenty-five Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Vietnam Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Service Medal (with three bronze stars), the Army Aviator Badge, and the Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge. He was selected as one of the top 100 graduates in the first 100 years from Montana State University. In 1998, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Montana State University.
Previously, General Funk worked as the Vice President of Middle Eastern Operations for General Dynamics in Riyadh, KSA and later as the Vice President for Services for General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, MI. Recently, General Funk worked as Director for the Education and Technology Applications Division at the University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Advanced Technology, where he was also a member of the Army Science Board.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Funk and his wife Danny have three children: MG Paul E. Funk II, James Funk and Becky Clonts. The Funks are proud grandparents to eight grandchildren.
- Member of the National Board of the American Hereford Association for four years.
- In 1992, selected as one a “Significant Sig” by the National Fraternity of Sigma Chi.